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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

#564 of 3,740 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3960 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (Washington Ave)
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the decor. Looks clean. The food is quite okay. Went in for buffet. I wouldn't rate a buffet good if it did not offer paneer for vegetarians. This place unfortunately did not have any paneer. The samosa was nice. Food wasn't spicy. They should be more generous with serving naan. Jamoon was not fresh. Good staff.

Thank Lakshmi5
Coronado, California
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165 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It had been a while since we had been here, and we all missed it. It's my moms favorite place, so we decided that 12 of us would surprise her there as my dad took her to dinner! As always, the service is perfect and the wait staff knows how to describe every dish to perfection. Everything came prepared perfectly... More 

Thank Dany Z
San Diego, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the best birthday ever. Excellent, food, service, ambience and entertainment. Solid good times. We will absolutely go back and will hihgly recommend to friends and family.

Thank Redtusok
Fallon, Nevada
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325 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a real blast here. Came with my wife and two small kids, and two friends, so definitely no the clientele the folks at Bombay Exotic are accustomed to seeing (although it wasn't too weird or out of place). The cocktail menu is awesome, spicy "Indian" variations to traditional cocktails. Not cheap, but worth the experience. There's a Groupon for... More 

Thank MNataro
San Diego, California
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222 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We had an assortment of dishes and the flavors were very good. We asked for a higher heat index (spice), and they delivered, requiring me to get that 2nd beer....oh darn! Garlic naan needed to be sent back, and too doughy and not enough garlic 1st time. The replacement was much better. Chicken tandoori was flavorful, but the two thighs... More 

Thank Lawrence C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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386 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

A great return from 2 years ago, tasty food but an overly busy waitress seemed to be waiting too many tables. The food was great... And a belly dancer/snake owner seemed to entrance the restaurant ... One to return to, maybe when it's a little quieter.

Thank drdanielmacdonald
Cape Coral, Florida
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302 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Located in a great area of San Diego, filled with restaurants, nightlife, and shops. The place is nicely decorated, and opens up to the street, allowing you to soak in the nice air and atmosphere. We found the food to be very inconsistent. Heard that the naan was great, so we got two orders of the garlic naan. came out... More 

Thank Dan B
Novato, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

I found this place on Groupon and am glad I did so! While I agree with many of the reviews that the service was on the slower side (though I should note that we took our time ordering, which often causes a server to stay away from a table), I made up for it with how quickly I ate my... More 

Thank swimmergirl8787
San Diego, California
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88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I've had better meals at Bombay, but perhaps the restaurant has changed ownership. We were seated in the rear dining room where we were offered all the water we could drink, but trying to get anything else was...well, trying. After ordering, it was an hour and a half before our entrees were served. Drinks were long gone, and a second... More 

Thank Kaye S
Adrian, Missouri
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant has a gorgeous waterfall. We had lamb korma and split it, not a huge amount of food but the korma was rich, creamy and delicious. A bit pricy, we had a Groupon. The only black mark here is parking, or lack thereof. We had to park several blocks away, if you have the time take public transportation

Thank shamrockofthesky

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3960 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
    (Washington Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-297-7777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?